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Anigrand #AA2093 1/72 Lockheed C-140A Jetstar



 
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Kit #AA2093. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Lockheed C-140A JetStar, complete with decals.

Lockheed’s JetStar, company designator L-389 and L-1329, was the first dedicated “biz-jet” to enter production – and for years it remained one of the largest biz-jets in the sky. It was distinguished from other designs by its two pairs of rear-fuselage mounted Pratt & Whitney JT-12 turbojet engines – military designation J-60 – along with its distinctive pair of wing-mounted slipper fuel tanks. In all, 188 civilian and foreign-military – and 16 US military – JetStar aircraft were produced from 1957 to 1978. US Military versions included five C-140A flight inspection aircraft and five C-140B passenger and cargo aircraft. In addition, six VC-140B VIP mini-airliners were used by the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, several of which served as “Air Force One” for President Johnson. Two Navy C-140Cs and the proposed Air Force T-40 trainers were not built.

In 1956, the USAF sought the industry-financed "off-the-shelf" prototypes for a small jet transport and flight inspection aircraft. Lockheed submitted its JetStar design in competition with the North American Saberliner. The Jetstar was selected as the winner, and 16 were ordered. However, the Air Force and Navy later bought 204 new and 7 refurbished Saberliners, suggesting that it was the real “winner.”

The C-140 made its first flight in 1957, only 241 days after design completion. Beginning service in 1962, the JetStar remained in service until the early 1990s. The "Flight Check" C-140As could be distinguished from the VIP C-140B transports by their distinctive camouflage paint scheme. The last C-140A to be retired was placed on static display at Scott AFB, Illinois.

Several VIP JetStars served as “Air Force One,” the official call-sign of any USAF aircraft carrying the President – two of these are preserved in museums. Elvis Presley also owned a JetStar, “Hound Dog II,” which is currently on display at Graceland.


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